Our Road Safety Agenda

Did you know?

  • One out of every two Canadians will be injured in a road crash during their lifetime.
  • Almost 40% of all teenage fatalities result from road crashes.
  • Road crashes are the leading cause of death for Canadians under 40.
  • Traffic collisions are the third leading cause of death in Canada.
  • Nearly one in every hundred people in this country will be killed or injured on our roads.
  • Road crashes claim nearly 3,000 lives and injure 200,000 people in Canada every year.
  • The cost of collision-related injuries and deaths is over $25 billion each year—the personal toll is immeasurable.

TIRF can help

The overwhelming majority of deaths and injuries on our roads are preventable. TIRF has worked to improve road safety for all Canadians by generating and sharing knowledge on current and emerging issues and trends that affect road safety. This includes sharing research evidence to inform decisions and action by government, business and industry, traffic safety agencies, and non-profit organizations around the world in the areas of legislation, program and policy development, enforcement, education, and training.

After more than five decades, TIRF’s vision and commitment are stronger than ever. With a proven, sustained dedication to improving road safety, TIRF can help.

  • Measure the problem. More than 90% of road crashes are caused by driver error or condition. Through its research, TIRF is improving understanding about why drivers behave as they do in order to create more effective interventions to promote safe driving behaviours.
  • Develop and implement solutions. Programs and policies aimed at improving road safety must address the underlying causes of road crashes. TIRF’s research is the foundation to develop evidence-based programs and policies, as well as sound legislation targeting young drivers, impaired drivers, fatigued drivers, distracted drivers and commercial vehicle drivers, as well as other road safety concerns.
  • Evaluation. In an era of declining resources, investment is needed in strategies that have proven results. TIRF’s work to evaluate a broad spectrum of road safety policies and programs helps governments and other stakeholders identify effective solutions.
  • Knowledge transfer. Making progress requires shared knowledge and understanding of policies and programs, and coordinated efforts across all sectors to improve road safety. TIRF has developed a “systems” approach to bridge gaps and build partnerships among agencies and practitioners that are affected by road crashes. Knowledge transfer and skill development are critical features of these initiatives.

What it takes

TIRF takes action on four fronts:

  • Research on road crashes
  • Program and policy development
  • Evaluation
  • Knowledge transfer and exchange

These have been the pillars of TIRF’s work since it was established as a national, independent road safety research institute in 1964. TIRF’s skills and expertise are designed to meet the key challenges related to road safety in the next decade, and beyond.